Army Cricketers Return With Win Over Oxford University

The military men enjoyed a 29-run win in the Twenty20 match in Aldershot.

The British Army's cricketers have returned to the pitch for the first time this season in a Twenty20 victory over Oxford University.

Sport in the military was at a standstill due to Government guidelines regarding COVID-19, but a recent change has allowed the cricket season to start.

Despite the UKAF board announcing there will be no Inter Services competition this year, the Army returned with a win over the students from Oxford.

The game was played with a number of new rules with an eye to safety including a stoppage every five overs for players to sanitise their hands.

The Army made a solid start to their innings with opening pair Varun Bali and Liam Fletcher sending the ball to the boundary on a number of occasions.

However, two quick wickets allowed Oxford a way back in.

Fletcher was first to go thanks to an LBW on 26 runs, while just a few balls later, Bali was dismissed for 41 thanks to Owen Marshall's bowling.

Oxford were fielding with confidence from there, but the Army recieved a boost with Tom Lester and Emmerson Wood at the crease.

Lester was the last Army man out thanks to a great catch from Chris Searle, but his 20 runs helped the military team to set a 134-run target.

One of the rules regarding cricket returning was players must sanitise their hands every five overs.

Oxford's attempt at reaching that target never really got going.

Army skipper Jonathan Boynton's spin bowling was causing havoc with Tade Carmichael and company in the field catching well.

Wickets were tumbling for Oxford at a steady rate and when Rob Wight was dismissed from Fletcher's catch, the Army win was confirmed.

Oxford fell 26 runs short of their target meaning the Army's return to cricket was a successful one.